George Arden

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

George Arden was the assistant surgeon of the 12th Sussex Regiment.

When he was examined under oath by the Board appointed to consider claims for compensation for losses sustained during the Ballarat riots, he said:

"I was in company with the detachment of the 12th Regiment proceeding to Ballarat the latter end of November last, the detachment was commanded by Captain Atkinson. On the night of the 28th about 9 or 10 o'clock we got into the diggings. We had drays and it being quite dark and the horses jaded we were marching very slowly.
As soon as we got into the diggings a Mob of Diggers collected and assailed us with cries of Joe! Joe! (sic)
I was on the middle cart, Captain Atkinson was with the first cart and Lieutenant Paul with the last. We were pelted with large stones and bottles. We had not stopped anywhere before we were assailed. The drivers knew the way. One of the carts was capsized, the driver and two men were severely injured, the men were turned out and ordered to load. We found two men missing and a party went back to find them. They were laying (sic) off the road badly wounded. When the soldiers turned out and loaded the crowd dispersed. Lieutenant Paul was ordered on with the carts. We were shortly after joined by the 40th men from the Camp. During the disturbance several shots were fired by the diggers, but the military never returned the fire. I am quite confident that not a shot was fired by the military. Our Drummer boy was shot in the leg." [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

According to the Muster and Pay Lists, G. B. F. Arden was with the 12th Regiment in W. A. between 1 April and 30 June 1858. [2]

See also


Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Dorothy Wickham, Deaths at Eureka, 1996.
  2. Dorothy Wickham, notes and research, 1996, from AJCP REEL 3719

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